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…. Spinach seedlings, that is.

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And though I got them off to a late start this year and thankfully May showered us with some fine weather they seem to be thriving well. It looks like we have some good sowing weather ahead too, so who can complain? Believe it or not, I’m praying for a few days of nice steady rain. We need it badly.  I’ve been so busy getting my seed in the ground and still cleaning out the beds and adding even more raised beds. I needed to make some room for warm weather crops like peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. The onions, leeks, and shallots are in and I’m thrilled the spinach and chard and kale are looking good! I can’t wait to make a spinach frittata 🙂 It’s just about ready to start harvesting.

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A few weeks back, I made an executive decision this season, and though it tore my heart apart, 😦 (literally) but for health reasons, it was necessary to close the farm down after ten years of working the land there. I will miss it dearly, but made a deal with my doc to cut back.

So I did. To just a quarter acre from now on. I still get to play in the dirt, the land is closer to home.. I can now walk to it… primo land and no rock nor weed! The property is lined with old fashioned lilac bushes with a few miscellaneous perennial beds and even a garden bench to rest upon when I become weary.

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I’ve been busy getting it all prepped, amended, new beds made and sowing for weeks now. Even managed to build a new cold frame for my new nursery.  Digging, digging and more digging up and transplanting from the old farm and moving to the new took a lot longer than I’d anticipated, but that task is behind me now. It’ll be a new adventure, but I’m as happy as a gull with a french fry to continue on.  And all of Papa’s 109 year old rhubarb patch made it through the move beautifully! There was no way in hell, I’d be leaving that behind after all the years’ it’s been with me.

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But alas, I had to say good-bye to my grapevines 😦 Just too big an undertaking for me to move all of them. But a farming friend has moved them all to her vineyards, instead, so I’ll still have my fair share of all the grapes I’ll need for my jams and wine.

I didn’t get my peas planted as early as they should go in the ground either, into the new garden and they’ve just popped out of the ground, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll have a few more cool nights, and they will be just fine. The transplanted garlic are looking just great in their new home!  I won’t be 100% settled until I find my first scape emerge… then I’ll know they are good to go. Today I’m going to take a gamble and set the scarlet runner beans around the teepee poles, and set the remaining beets, carrots, plus an additional 100 more onion sets. Lastly for today, I’ll be picking the new flowering chive heads to go into my chive vinegar for farmers market that will be opening in just two weeks! Gads, what a busy time of the year it is… but wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Plus, this little guy seems to follow me wherever I go… so I’m pretty certain everything’s gonna be just fine.

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The garden is finally beginning to look like a garden. I had no idea what an undertaking I had taken on with this project. Ugh 😦 But all in all, it’s finally taking shape. One thing’s for certain.. I’ll never be without fresh salads, organic veggies and herbs for the next few months. Happy gardening!

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We are just loving our newest eco-friendly gadgets–our new power mowers. Earth friendly, conserving energy, cruelty-free, with zero waste… well, discounting the manure that’ll naturally fertilize the fields. 🙂 A win, win for all.

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If I had a flower for each time I thought of my Mother, I could walk in my garden forever.

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